Heavy rain and wind causes flooding in Shore towns

Heavy rain slammed New Jersey’s Eastern seaboard last night and continued into the early morning hours, causing flash floods in a handful of Shore towns.

Wildwood was one the hardest hit, according to CBSPhilly.

Zeke Orzech, a self proclaimed storm lover and chaser, began tweeting about the storm and flash floods affecting Avalon around 5 a.m. on Saturday.

According to the National Weather Service, the remainder of the flash flood watch has been cancelled as of 9:30 a.m. While additional showers are expected, the threat for widespread heavy rain and flooding has ended, the update stated.

Between 6 p.m. Saturday and 6 a.m. Sunday, showers will gradually taper off over the southern portions of the forecast area.

Wildwood Crest received 5.03 inches of rain, which was the most rainfall in Cape May County. Ocean City got about 3.85 inches, and caused some local flash flooding.

The National Weather Service said a gale warning has been issued for Lower Delaware Bay based on observational trends, and will remain in effect until 2 a.m. on Sunday.

Along the coast, northeast winds will run 13 to 16 mph but farther south they will be as high as 18 to 23, increasing to 24 to 29 mph in the afternoon. Those winds could gust as high as 39 mph, the weather service says.

Originally published on July 29, 2017 at NJ.com.

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